Improved Navigation

Nana & girls at Colts stadium

Well, I have to admit that I was a little proud of myself after a spent a few hours in front of the computer Sunday (before the Colts game).  I did several things that will make Being Cancer Network much easier to navigate.  The week before I had been analyzing various statistics.  They showed what I already knew – that the Cancer Blog pages were the most visited, most useful of all the features of the site.

So after we had passed 60,000 visits this past week, the time felt right for, once again, altering and improving both the design and the focus of the website.  I learned how to make parent and child hierarchies in the blog’s static pages.  So now this cleaned up the menu under the header.  In addition to “Home” there are now only four basic sections top the blog: “About”,”Cancer Blog Lists”, “Resources”, and “Community”.

Then I redesigned the “Cancer Blogs” feature so that users would not have to do much scrolling to locate the personal cancer blogs they are interesting in.  Most major cancers now have their own page.  A few cancers with smaller numbers of bloggers share a page.  This should make it easier for me to maintain and for readers to use.  As we are approaching 1000 personal cancer blogs on our lists, the pages were becoming unwieldy for all.  I am now going to put major efforts into expanding that list.  And again I want to put out the call to all the cancer community to PLEASE LET ME KNOW OF ANY BLOGS NOT LISTED.  Sorry for shouting.

The new “Community” section is an idea I want to develop more.  It is oriented around the concept of helping cancer bloggers to grow and develop, not only as survivors, but also as interpreters of the cancer experience.  Any suggestions are welcomed.

Finally I dropped the Amazon ads after netting only $3.94 over the past year.  The “Features” menu on the left in now a “Site Map” so readers can more easily be directed to the exact page they are looking for.

All in all, it seems that since “Being Cancer”, the blog, has steadily evolved into Being Cancer Network, the website.  The thematic focus has turned from personal sharing to a service offering blogging resources to the cancer community.  I hope you approve of the changes.

Take care, Dennis


About Dennis Pyritz

Dennis W. Pyritz, RN, BA, BSN, has been a cancer nurse since 1987 and a cancer and bone marrow transplant survivor since 2004. In December 2001 he was diagnosed with t-cell prolymphocytic leukemia (T-PLL), a rare aggressive form of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Dennis was treated with the then new monoclonal antibody, alemtuzumab (Campath) as this disease has a median survival of 7.5 months. He achieved a 26 month remission but relapsed in February 2004. He was retreated with Campath and went into a second remission. In August 2004 he underwent an allogeneic peripheral blood stem cell transplant with his brother, Mark, as donor. Dennis has remained in remission since - a near miracle. Throughout his career as cancer nurse and patient, Dennis has had the opportunity to speal to both lay and professional groups. Dennis has spoken on cancer topics and survival issues across the country as well as in the United Kingdom, Norway, Austria, Portugal, Honduras, Panama, Guatemala, Trinidad, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Cyrpus, Israel, and India.


Improved Navigation — 2 Comments

  1. I wanted to let everyone know about a great cancer website that I found. It is called, it is great if anyone is in need of an expert second opinion and is unable to travel.

  2. Hi Dennis,
    I like your site. You’re building an online community! Thank you for adding me to your blog roll.

    I’ll add Diana Raab’s book to my library. I facilitate a Healing Through Writing workshop at The Wellness Community in Redondo Beach, CA every 2nd and 4th Thursday from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. If you live in the area, stop by.

    Breast cancer is one of the most treatable cancers, so i feel fortunate that my treatment has ended and hope that’s the end of my experience with cancer.

    I’m adding your web site to my blog roll.


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